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Won't stake claim in Lok Sabha for Leader of Opposition: Congress

File photo: Congress President Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi at an election rally. Photograph:( DNA )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jun 01, 2019, 03.46 PM (IST)

The Congress party on Saturday said that it will not stake a claim for the post of the Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha as it is falling short of two seats and is not able to reach the required number of 54. 

Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala told media that the party needs 10 per cent to of the total number of Lok Sabha seats, "since we're 2 short officially we can't have a Leader of Opposition," he said.

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Surjewala added that the onus lies with the Central government "whether they want to designate a party formally as principal opposition or not".

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The party had appointed senior leader Mallikarjun Kharge to the post in 2014 for the 16th Lok Sabha term. 

Meanwhile, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi was re-elected as the leader of the Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) today.

The newly elected Congress Lok Sabha MPs were present for the meeting which took place at the Central Hall of Parliament in New Delhi. 

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Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala added that the onus lies with the Central government "whether they want to designate a party formally as principal opposition or not".